Contribute to Postindustrial
Pitch us your ideas for nonfiction stories, podcasts, and fiction!
Postindustrial Media emerged, conceptually, in 2015 and 2016. We were a group that began as two journalists, Matt Stroud and Carmen Gentile, and we grew to include a diverse cohort of written, audio, and visual journalists. Around this time, we heard politicians spout meaningless tropes about the places where we’d done much of our reporting — Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan. We knew that these places weren’t only filled with “forgotten Americans” and displaced coal miners. In fact, much of this region is as diverse and complicated as anywhere else on the planet. And we wanted to report about that — and give a platform to stories that show it. In 2018, we finally got the concept up and running here at postindustrial.com.
Think of it as Texas Monthly for the Rust Belt — a place where major feats of investigative and narrative journalism can live alongside light-hearted prodding of politicians and profiles of people building new businesses.
Postindustrial is crawling at first with weekly newsletters and a bit of original content. But the site will be running soon, publishing long-form reporting, launching podcasts, and even publishing stellar fiction and poetry with roots in the region.
Which is where we hope you come in.
We need you — and your ideas!
To pitch, send an email to email@example.com. No need to make it long or drawn out — just a couple paragraphs about the idea and why it needs to be a story. Also include a paragraph about who you are and why you’re the person to write it.
What catches our eye: Stories about people and groups doing unusual, entrepreneurial, and progressive things in postindustrial America — anywhere from Buffalo down to Birmingham, and St. Louis east to Baltimore. We’re also on the lookout for big stories that aren’t being told — or aren’t being treated with the depth and nuance that they deserve..
What turns us off: Story concepts that reinforce stereotypes our manifesto works to combat. (If your story involves abandoned steel mills or underemployed coal miners, make sure it’s a story that hasn’t been told over and over and over again.)
To pitch, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No need to make it long or drawn out — just a couple paragraphs about your podcast idea, and what a few episodes of the podcast might focus on. Also include a paragraph about who you are and why you’re the person to host.
What catches our eye: Postindustrial’s geographic boundaries extend from Buffalo down to Birmingham, and St. Louis east to Baltimore. Along those lines, we’re looking for creative podcasting ideas that either tell long-form, audio stories within those geographic boundaries, or highlight a topic or growing conversation within a certain city or region within postindustrial America.
What turns us off: Concepts that reinforce stereotypes our manifesto works to combat. Also: Don’t just pitch an idea for an interview podcast about widgets in Detroit; talk about why widget production in Detroit is changing — and why a growing market needs a podcast exploring it.
Please send submissions as PDF attachments to email@example.com. Postindustrial Media’s fiction section follows Chicago Manual of Style but makes some exceptions for individual tone or intent. Easy to read fonts are appreciated, and manuscripts should be double-spaced, with the author’s name and contact information on the first page. Work must be original and previously unpublished. Due to the number of submissions received, we are unable to respond unless a work of fiction is accepted for publication.
What catches our eye: Smart literary fiction between 1,500 and 3,000 words that reflects the people, places, and cultures of the Postindustrial lifestyle. Open to all styles, genres, and writers.
What turns us off: Story concepts that reinforce stereotypes our manifesto works to combat. (No seedy tales set in abandoned steel mills, please.)